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BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST
Released 24 Sep 2021

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THEO CROKER DELIVERS NEW ALBUM BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST FEATURING WYCLEF JEAN, ARI LENNOX, GARY BARTZ, MALAYA, IMAN OMARI, KASSA OVERALL, AND MORE

THEO CROKER DELIVERS NEW ALBUM BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST FEATURING WYCLEF JEAN, ARI LENNOX, GARY BARTZ, MALAYA, IMAN OMARI, KASSA OVERALL, AND MORE LISTEN HERE   “He has amassed an impressive résumé as a side musician for a diverse array of musical innovators, including the jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and the rappers J. […]
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THEO CROKER DELIVERS NEW ALBUM

BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST

FEATURING WYCLEF JEAN, ARI LENNOX, GARY BARTZ,

MALAYA, IMAN OMARI, KASSA OVERALL, AND MORE

LISTEN HERE

 

“He has amassed an impressive résumé as a side musician for a diverse array of musical innovators, including the jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and the rappers J. Cole and Common. For his new album, the smoldering neo-jazz collection “Blk2Life || A Future Past,” the tables are turned and he’s calling in favors.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

“…a spiritual venture into the astral zone, weaving psychedelic

and futuristic textures around his mellow, fat tone…”

WBGO

 

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NEW YORK, NY (Friday, September 24) – GRAMMY®-nominated trumpeter, composer, producer, and artist Theo Croker today delivers his new album BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST via Sony Masterworks, his first since 2019’s critically-acclaimed Star People Nation. Produced by Theo Croker, the album includes vocal and instrumental features from Wyclef Jean, Ari Lennox, Gary Bartz, Charlotte Dos Santos, Iman Omari, Malaya, and Kassa Overall.

 

A contemporary oratorio and a “smoldering neo-jazz collection” according to The New York Times, the 13 tracks that make BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST are inspired by the forgotten hero’s journey towards self-actualization within the universal origins of blackness. It’s a sonic celebration of Afro-origin, and ultimately a reclamation of the culture, for the culture.

 

Watch previously released music videos for:

State Of The Union 444 || BLK2THEFUTURE ft. Wyclef Jean

Happy Feet (for dancers) ft. Malaya

 

Theo hits the road next month in support of the new album, with dates across select cities in the U.S. as well as international stops including Oslo, Prague, Milan, Paris, London, Berlin, and more. Full tour schedule and ticketing info can be found here.

 

ALBUM ARTWORK: DOWNLOAD BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST

TRACKLISTING – 

1.     “4KNOWLEDGE”

2.     “Soul Call || Vibrate”

3.     “Just Be (Prelude)”

4.     “Every Part Of Me” [feat. Ari Lennox]

5.     “Anthem” [feat. Gary Bartz]

6.     “Lucid Dream” [feat. Charlotte Dos Santos]

7.     “Where Will You Go” [ feat. Kassa Overall]

8.     “No More Maybe” [feat. Iman Omari]

9.     “Happy Feet (for dancers)” [feat. Malaya]

10.   “Imperishable Star”

11.   “State Of The Union 444 || BLK2THEFUTURE” [feat. Wyclef Jean]

12.   “Hero Stomp || A Future Past”

13.   “Pathways”

 

THEO CROKER BLK2LIFE TOUR

 

2021

 

October 1 Jacksonville, FL, USA Jacksonville Jazz Festival
October 8 Portland, OR, USA Jack London Revue (PDX Jazz Festival)
October 11 Santa Cruz, CA, USA Kuumbwa Jazz Center
October 13 Seattle, WA, USA Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (Earshot Jazz Festival)
October 16 Saint Etienne, FRANCE Le Panassa (Rhino Jazz Festival)
October 19 Stockholm, SWEDEN Fasching (Stockholm International Jazz Festival)
October 20 Göteborg, SWEDEN Nefertiti
October 21 Oslo, NORWAY Cosmopolite Scene
October 22 Brussels, BELGIUM Flagey
October 23 Eeklo, BELGIUM N9 Factory
October 24 Mannheim, GERMANY Alte Feuerwache (Enjoy Jazz)
October 25 Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC Jazz Dock
October 26 Belgrade, SERBIA Dom omladine Beograda (Belgrade Jazz Festival)
October 28 Vienna, AUSTRIA Porgy & Bess
October 30 Sacile, ITALY Teatro Zancanaro (Volo del Jazz)
October 31 Milan, ITALY Teatro dell’arte
 
November 2 Paris, FRANCE Duc des Lombards
November 3 Paris, FRANCE Duc des Lombards
November 4 Paris, FRANCE Duc des Lombards
November 5 London, UK Ronnie Scott’s
November 6 London, UK Ronnie Scott’s
November 7 Utrecht, NETHERLANDS Tivoli Vredenburg
November 10 Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS Bimhuis
November 11 Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS Bird
November 27 Berlin, GERMANY Philharmonie (Sketches of Miles with Berlin Philharmonic)
     
2022

 

February 19 Chapel Hill, NC, USA Carolina Performing Arts Center (Carolina Jazz Festival)
     
March 26 New York, NY, USA Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall)

 

ABOUT THEO CROKER

Theo Croker is a storyteller who speaks through his trumpet. A creative who refuses boundaries, the GRAMMY®️ Award-nominated artist, composer, producer, thought leader, and influencer projects his voice through the music. After seven years of sojourn in Shanghai, Croker crash-landed with a simmering original sound on the 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted album AfroPhysicist. Following the success of Escape Velocity in 2016, he ascended to a new stratosphere with Star People Nation in 2019. The record garnered a nomination in the category of “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” at the 62nd GRAMMY®️ Awards. It attracted widespread critical acclaim including Stereogum, Paste, and The New York Times who called it “an album that gallivants from swirling, left-field hip-hop beats to propellant swing to entrancing passages of African percussion. Through it all, Croker’s understated trumpet playing holds his small band together with swagger and poise.” Along the way, he also lent his sound to platinum-selling albums by everyone from J. Cole to Ari Lennox while touring his band across the globe many times over. In 2020, he hunkered down at his childhood home in the midst of the global pandemic and wrote his sixth full-length album, BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST, available now from Sony Music Masterworks.

 

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Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, Milan Records, XXIM Records, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.sonymusicmasterworks.com/.

 

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